Improving court and corrections practices through research and evaluation

The RTI Center for Courts and Corrections Research draws on its large team of research, evaluation, and technical assistance experts to help practitioners, policymakers, and public safety stakeholders address pressing issues facing the criminal and juvenile legal systems and improve corrections system outcomes for adults and youths. From complex multisite evaluations to single-site technical assistance projects, our team designs and executes high-quality, methodologically rigorous approaches to improve the functioning of legal and correctional systems and the effectiveness of courts and correctional policies, practices, and programs. We partner with federal, state, and local agencies, as well as philanthropic organizations, to improve the administration of justice through applied research and technical assistance.

Our Areas of Focus for Courts & Corrections Research Include:

  • Pretrial 
  • Prosecution and defense counsel
  • Court systems and programs
  • Jails and prisons
  • Community corrections
  • Reentry
  • Justice-involved youth and families

Our staff are excited, passionate, and dedicated to grappling with real-world problems. Our projects integrate social science methods and theories with experiential knowledge of criminal justice systems. This integration enables the staff to experiment with novel approaches, test innovative solutions, and create meaningful tools. Through experimentation, testing, and development, staff provide policy-relevant information.